Who We Are
Glenora Farm is owned and operated by the Ita Wegman Association of British Columbia for Curative Education and Social Therapy, a non-profit organization and a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.
We are one of two Camphill communities in Western Canada and a member of the Camphill Association of North America.
It is our endeavour to create an environment in which those who are in need of special care, and those who provide it, can relate to each other as companions, rather than as professionals and clients. Thus we make room for creativity and personal fulfilment in the context of each individual’s privacy and spiritual freedom. In the way we live together, in the way we care for the land and in the things we make, we intend to uphold the ideals of Camphill, in which each contributes what he or she is able to, and receives in turn what he or she needs.
Camphill is a worldwide association of schools, training colleges and adult villages where people with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together with their caregivers sharing a culturally rich and productive environment.
The Camphill model is based on ideas developed by Rudolf Steiner in his lectures and writing on Anthroposophy (literally “wisdom of the human being”) rising from the basic assumption that every person, regardless of ability, is an independent, spiritual being. Developmental disabilities are treated as a part of the fabric of human experience and are cared for in the context of a healthy home and community life.
Since the first Camphill was founded in 1939, the model has been refined and developed into a comprehensive therapeutic way of life for people with significant developmental disabilities. By combining wisdom from philosophy and the arts, modern science, alternative medicine, nutritional approaches, and a range of therapies, Camphill communities have been very successful in enabling people with developmental disabilities to function at a high level in a supportive environment, enjoying a richly developed sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Currently, there are over 100 Camphill Communities spread over 22 countries.